What is Casting Couch? It’s a news column concerned with movie castings that has word of a new role for Game of Thrones star Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, as well as some controversy surrounding Johnny Depp.
The Intimidation Game has had Morten Tyldum attached as its director and Benedict Cumberbatch attached as its star for a while now. But it seems like all of its pre-production ducks must now be getting in a row, because today a report out of THR is suggesting that they’ve started to go forward with the rest of their casting. This Alan Turing biopic, which is set to cover his days breaking codes during the war as well as his days being tried by the government for homosexuality, is reportedly close to signing Keira Knightley as a woman who comes from a conservative background, but who forms a friendship with Turing and sticks by him all the way to his life’s tragic end. This will all, no doubt, be very emotional, so expect lots of opportunities to see her make that face she makes when she’s just about to cry.
After starring in what seemed like an endless series of Twilight movies and having her name plastered all over the tabloids for pretty much the last five years straight, sad-faced actress Kristen Stewart has found herself in the position of having quite a few detractors here on the Internet. The negativity aimed toward her doesn’t seem to extend to Hollywood casting rooms though, because the girl just keeps getting new jobs. First off, Deadline has a report that she’s going to be starring in a film called Camp X-Ray, which will see her playing a small town girl who joins the military to escape her small town life, but who gets more than she bargained for when she’s sent to Guantanamo.
Secondly, Variety is reporting that she’s going to be joining Juliette Binoche and Chloe Moretz in the cast of Sils Maria, Oliver Assayas’ film about an older actress whose star is fading becoming obsessed with a younger actress who’s the next big thing. Stewart will be playing the role of the Binoche character’s assistant, which Mia Wasikowska used to be penciled in for, but unfortunately had to drop out of.
What does Nicolaj Coster-Waldau do when he’s not portraying the smug Jaime Lannister or growing excellent beards? He lands film roles, apparently, because The Wrap is reporting that he’s in talks to take the lead role of a new fantasy film that’s being put together by Summit. The film is called Gods of Egypt, and it’s a story about a human thief who teams up with the god of the sky and the goddess of love in order to go on a quest to avenge the death of his father, who happened to be Osiris, the god of the afterlife. Coster-Waldau is up for the role of Horus, the sky god. Alex Proyas is set to direct.
Who’s going to play criminal Whitey Bulger in that upcoming biopic Cross Creek and Exclusive Media are putting together, Black Mass? It was originally supposed to be Johnny Depp, but then reports surfaced that he had dropped out of the project because a trimming of its budget was going to require him to take a pay cut. It turns out the situation is more confusing than that though. The sides are in dispute, and depending on who you talk to, Depp might either be renegotiating to rejoin the film at a more acceptable rate, or he might technically still be involved and was never allowed to drop out in the first place.
Either way, director Barry Levinson is scheduled to start work on the project in about two weeks, so either Depp is going to have to be convinced to show up, or a replacement for him is going to have to be found real soon. And, speaking of that replacement, it’s being reported that Cross Creek has even taken the Hail Mary move of contacting Tom Cruise and seeing if he would be interested in coming on last minute, which doesn’t seem very likely. This whole tangled web can be read about more in-depth over at THR, if you’re interested.